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VIDEO-- Democratic Ga. Mayor Kasim Reed: "Both President Bush and President Obama have kept this country safe."

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Democratic Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, Kasim Reed, who needs to check his facts:

"Both President Bush and President Obama have kept this country safe."

Did anyone feel safe on September 11, 2001? Me neither.

Let's ask the thousands who were killed that day if they felt safe. Oh that's right. We can't.

How about all those embassy attacks on Bush's watch?

Did the families and friends of our troops feel safe during the fraudulent war in Iraq that BushCo lied us into?

Did America feel safe opening their mail after the anthrax attacks?

How safe did we feel when Bush, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of their little gang used fear tactic after fear tactic to scare an entire country into submission? Shock Doctrine, anyone?

Did their use of torture (an illegal practice that doesn't work) soothe you to sleep at night?

Come to think of it, did any of us feel safe and secure when so many people lost their jobs after BushCo started a major recession?

Just asking.

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Here is the entire segment:

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VIDEO, CHART: More reasons to vote for Pres. Obama. Take the budget deficit shrinking to a 4-year low, for example...

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Via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog

Thanks to the wonderful Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog for the above chart and the succinct and very effective smack down of GOP talking points. Here's a sample:

[T]he Romney/Ryan agenda would appear to make the deficit significantly worse ... Why is the column in red? Because, thanks to fiscal years, Obama inherited a deficit of nearly $1.3 trillion from Bush/Cheney the moment he took the oath of office. [...]

[T]he main drivers of the remaining deficit are Republican policies... Obama has something to brag about -- very few presidents of the last generation can say they managed to shrink the deficit by over $200 billion, even during difficult economic times.

Please read his post, he nailed it.

This shouldn't be a close election. What's wrong with these people who think Romney's even an option? Oh that's right, President Obama is a blah Muslim person.

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VIDEO- Bill Kristol on "the financial meltdown": "The Obama team has turned that around pretty well."

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Bill Kristol said this. Yes, neocon Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard and regular commentator on Fox. That Bill Kristol said this:

“If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict. Bush was president during the financial meltdown. The Obama team has turned that around pretty well."

He's right, you know (and I rarely use those four words in reference to Kristol):

If this election is about the last four years, and a big part of it is, then voting for Willard Romney is tantamount for voting for Bush III. He's not only in favor of continuing the same unpaid-for tax cuts that Bush stuck the economy, but he also wants to privatize Medicare, schools, and, well, pretty much corporatize America overall.

Oh, and he surrounds himself with former Bushies whom he relies on for foreign policy advice.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Poll-itics: 54% of likely voters blame GW Bush and the Republicans for the country's economic problems

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According to a CNN/ORC poll, more than half of likely voters blame GW Bush and the Republicans for the country's economic problems.

And more than half, 56%, of likely voters think they're either better off or the same financially as they were four years ago.

So when the GOP poses the question, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" with a smirk, you can point them to this poll.

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VIDEO- Mitt Romney: "Well, of course the economy is getting better" under President Obama!

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on Jan 26, 2012:

In this interview with Fox's Laura Ingraham, Mitt Romney agrees that the economy is getting better under President Obama and even tells Ingraham that "it's the truth" when she asked him if it wasn't a tough sell to make telling people that Obama had made the economy better and asking them to vote against him.

The sad part is, none of this will matter to steadfast Willard fans. Independents are the ones we need to swing, and hopefully, they're paying attention.

Here's Ed Schultz's segment in which he covers the above comments and more:

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VIDEO- Chris Matthews was on fire, including this: "They discourage black voting and encourage white anger."

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Earlier I posted a quote from Chris Matthews: “I got the feeling in Tampa that it was a business convention.” He was on fire today, and when he's good, he's really good:

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In Tampa, "they had to prove they were human!... It's an amazing standard that we set, that that is the first goal in life, is to prove you're one of our species!"

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"He stopped telling birther jokes. He got better. HA!"

"They tried to deny people the right to vote.... the first goal. ... Then they try to scare people to go to even bother to vote 'cause it's too complicated... They discourage black voting and encourage white anger... Preventing black people from voting: That's the goal... It's factual. It sadly is."

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"For them to criticize the Democrats after leaving this country in hell, and then to come back and to claim it isn't heaven, is insane."

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"... How could you not say we're better off? I don't see what's so complicated about this."

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"They don't know the easiest political questions! How are they going to know the answers?"

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"Trying to dupe voters by asserting blatant falsehoods does violence to our political process."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Ryan leads GOP assault," Aug. 30

After four years, Paul Ryan asks, isn't it about time that President Obama assume responsibility for the economy?

Ryan and his party conveniently ignore the fact that eight years of Republican economics produced a stock market crash and left the economy hemorrhaging millions of jobs. Now they want us to return to the same trickle-down policies that caused the problem in the first place.

Where's the responsibility in that?

Daniel J. Stone

Los Angeles

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Puffery, spin and hyperbole are all fair game in a political speech. Still, I was saddened to see Ryan, who seems a decent man, resort to complete inaccuracies, such as the claim about Obama gutting Medicare and blaming the president for a factory closure that started when George W. Bush was in the White House.

To depend on either the blind partisanship or plain ignorance of facts in your listeners is deeply cynical. If you are serious in your proposals, present them honestly and let's debate them. But trying to dupe voters by asserting blatant falsehoods does violence to our political process.

Michael Olson

Pasadena

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